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  1. We're not fantastic away but we're getting to the point in the season where games become must-win if we're serious about play-offs.
  2. I'm not a massive fan of Sam Graham. I saw him play in the Australian league before he came to us and I wasn't impressed. Nothing I've seen from him in a Notts shirt has changed my mind.
  3. England C were abysmal. The defence and keeper (Scott Loach) were an absolute shambles. Cal Roberts looked like at least two levels above anybody else playing in white. Perhaps the Welsh leagues are something Football Radar should have an in-close look at.
  4. Me too, which is why I highlighted it in particular. Perhaps you were one of the company managers that increased the staff wages in line with the increase in cost of living after the Euro adoption, but from my experience that would have been the exception and not the rule. You can google the average wage is in Latvia, probably one of the lowest in the EU while the prices in shops are higher than in Western Europe. Go outside of Riga to other cities/towns like Daugavpils, and I bet you can half that wage, if not more.... 95% is simply false. 95% in 18-23 year old Uni students in the centre of Riga that will leave at the first opportunity, perhaps, but certainly not for the rest of the population, in my own experience. Considering the high amount of ethnic Russians in Riga particularly, it can never be 95% or even close to that. There are a number of polls that are freely available and here's one that suggest much lower than 95%, here's one at 45%: https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/politics/latvia-has-lowest-support-for-eu-among-baltics.a235132/, but others poll higher at 50-70%, depending on the year. Freedom of movement works well for the people leaving, but it doesn't necessarily work well for Latvia the country. I think Latvia has lost about 1/5th of its population since joining the EU. Speaking to people that were growing up around the turn of the millenium and later, they will tell you that half their classmates, or more, no longer live in Latvia. Latvia's a small place, granted, but most of these people aren't going to be returning. Let's be honest - nobody from other EU nations will move to Latvia, so it's very much not a two-way street, it's a one way exit lane and brain-drain. I'm sorry, but yes your views are the extremity. You've highlighted that by the fact you can't think of ANY benefits to Brexit - something the majority of people in the UK voted for. With any debate, no matter how contentious and strong your views may be, it is always well worth considering the opposite point of view, as there will always be positives and negatives to anything in life. Unfortunately in modern times, particularly the last few years, debates surrounding politics and other such topics are polarised. Real people and real life doesn't reflect the social muppets on twitter who create little echo chambers for themselves which results in - you guessed it - not being able to see the opposite side of the argument. As I've said before, I was (and still am) in favour of being in the EU - particularly as Brexit is costing me a lot in terms of time, paperwork and now increasingly where it really hurts - in my pocket! I like to believe I came to that viewpoint after considering the pros and cons - then analysing the weight of importance I'd give to those pros and cons. Silly me - should have just picked a side, joined twitter and claimed the other side are all morons!
  5. I expected this response, because you are on one of the far extremes of the Brexit debate. The reality is that there have been many difficulties for the Eastern nations in entering the EU. The decrease or completely ceasing of previously manufactured goods, the high cost of living since adopting the Euro, especially with respect to wages, mass migration of youth to the more prosperous West.
  6. Some of these are propaganda that Putin himself would've been proud of. I think there's a reason that Putin waited until now to invade Ukraine.... no Trump.... a weak Biden. Everything is Brexit's fault, yet no mention of Germany and Italy having being coerced into sanctions as to not threaten their reliance on Russian Gas (Germany) or their export of Gucci tack (Italy). Let's face it - Putin isn't scared of the EU's army because it's a shambles. They are grossly underfunded. The Bundeswehr is a skeleton of a force (despite just announced budget increases) and have made repeated errors recently (the current EU president contributed highly to that inadequacy). Trump even highlighted this and called them out on it - perhaps if they'd done something about it Putin wouldn't have been so bold. Besides, EU membership has hardly been fantastic for the people and economy of former Soviet states in the East, Latvia being one example. Hardly a guaranteed path to 'economic stability'. No fan of Brexit, but you have to give some kind of balance to the views presented. A child will be eaten by a Shark in South Africa and you'll somehow be able to link it to Brexit.
  7. The Dover chairman is a disgrace. The fact he was involved in board level at the NL tells you everything you need to know about how well run this league is. I genuinely hope they get relegated 5 times.
  8. A few big teams in that league; Werder Bremen, Hamburg, Schalke, Hannover, Düsseldorf.... and it's little old Darmstadt at no.1
  9. Have to thank their keeper for a couple of those goals. Stallard described him as 'poppadum wrists' and he's not wrong! Not to take away from our performance as a whole though.
  10. Wow. Removing people from your life because of a political vote. These people don't live on the same planet I'm afraid.
  11. I think you have to look at the character of the dressing room. Having nice players, tidy footballers and 'wanting to win' just simply isn't good enough to win a title. There has to be a nastiness to you. Once you cross that white line, it's got to be everything to win. The last time we won a league, Ricky Ravenhill and Neal Bishop were monsters in midfield. Not necessarily the best technically (particularly Ravenhill), but they would do and give everything to win. Combine that with sheer ruthlessness of Lee Hughes, the brutal force of Lee/Steady Eddy and the energy/tenacity of Luke Rodgers, it's not hard to see why we were so difficult to play against. Wootton is a good player, but he doesn't give defenders a hard time or a battle. If they don't let him get involved, that's it, battle over. He also isn't a prolific finisher; he scores goals, but he doesn't finish with any type of ruthlessness and often requires a few bites of the cherry. The players in and around him are flair players and blow hot and cold. A finisher - a Lee Hughes - would flourish in this side. Instead, we got Mitchell, which looked a mistake then and hasn't changed in the last 6 months. There's too many nice characters in our squad. Lacey, Brindley, Chicksen, Francis, Nemane, Wootton, Sam, Slocombe... all lovely fellas, but none that have that extra spark that is needed to win leagues. Players like Roberts, Cameron and Rawlinson are examples of players that have that little bit of an edge to them and I believe that is one of the biggest flaws in our squad; too many poodles and not enough pitbulls.
  12. I'm not sure who that is but a lot of these accounts seem to have 'Greta Thunberg syndrome'; that is, they complain, moan and squeal about everything - but offer 0 solutions on anything.
  13. Same account encouraging the panic-buying:
  14. Yup. Know a few people personally that are unhappy with the way the vaccines are being pushed (me too) and that's their (initial) reason for not getting one. The enforcement thereafter has then pushed them further down the rabbit hole and now they are verging on conspiracy-land, even though some of the negatives/concerns about the vaccine are true, a lot of the claims are nonsense. I know a few countries will and are trying to enforce it at workplaces. No jab = no job. That will coerce a few to get it, but not a lot. Plus, the freedoms it violates and the precedence it sets are terrible. It's a strong indication that the government can take your job if you don't sign up to something they are pushing. Vaccine today, but what tomorrow? Dangerous.
  15. It's certainly a strange approach. The owners want Championship minimum - you'd think that investing in a youngish squad with a mix of experienced players would be better long-term - keeping them as they go through the leagues and selling the ones that fall by the wayside. Very much a here and now investment - splash the cash on 30 odd year olds and give them 3 year contracts?!
  16. I posted this after Chesterfield signed Tshimanga. I'm certainly no mystic meg, you only have to watch a couple of interviews to see that there was something off about his character. I'm surprised that its come so quickly after a slight blip in form (loss and draw in the last 2), but one way or the other this seemed inevitable. He has history surrounding the alleged claims - and at this stage it's all alleged pending investigation - but the rumours are flying around on social media. I genuinely hope that this isn't the tip of the iceberg. Paying 200-300 k for a striker and having to crowdfund for frost covers is a big red flag. I say that with no malice intended - nobody wants to see another side crippled by financial instability due to irresponsible owners/boards. Chesterfield still have a decent squad and are a threat at the upper echelons of the NL - but if we're serious about getting top spot, I seem to think Stockport and Wrexham are perhaps the bigger competition.
  17. One look at David Schneider's twitter and you can see the type of account. Boring, repeated attacks on Boris Johnson with any weapon they can get hold of (Covid and Brexit the most common). I'm no fan of Boris but these type of accounts and people are generally unhelpful. You imagine David Schneider stood in the middle of a field, in the countryside, by himself, with a mask on, 'to save the NHS'.
  18. Barnet's results have picked up recently; they've beat Torquay, Woking and Maidenhead and drawn with Boreham Wood. By no means a given that we beat them, they are not the same calamity Harry Kewell side we pasted on the opening day.
  19. To try and get a judge on the pandemic and how it evolves it is necessary to filter out the extremes. The extreme to one-side is the anti-vaccine, 'covid doesn't exist', government conspiracy types. On the other side is the place for the hysterical; lockdown forever, social distancing forever, gross over-estimation and exaggeration of hospitalisation/death forecasts. I follow John Campbell on Youtube. He looks at the situation in the UK and globally, presenting stats and offering his opinion. He is quite level-headed and practical about things: https://www.youtube.com/c/Campbellteaching
  20. What's happening throughout continental Europe with regards to mandating (or quasi-mandating) vaccines is abhorrent and illiberal. Unfortunately the people who consider themselves 'liberal' are the ones who are for this type of government enforcement.
  21. Clubs won't pay an astronomical fee for a Kyle Wootton when they can get him free in the summer. It then doesn't make sense for Notts to let him go for a mediocre fee, as it'd likely impact any chance Notts have of getting promoted.
  22. Cal Roberts is a class footballer and exceptional winger. I think he benefits more from playing wide in a 4-3-3 than he does playing more centrally in our usual 3-5-2. He's not a wing-back either. Also have to remember that he was out for a full season. It takes a bit of time to come back from that and start reaching the standards before the injury. The signs have been there and he looks to be starting to head back to those levels, which is fantastic news for Notts and terrible news for NL defences.
  23. Sam has the ability, it's just the application of that ability I would question (and that's not meaning application in terms of effort). A lot of players lack a footballing brain. That's not to say that some players aren't intelligent, but the top players see the game in a totally different way to others. Paul Scholes or Frank Lampard are good examples of players with a strong footballing brain and sometimes players can play at a higher level than their natural ability purely because they possess this vision. You'll often hear phrases like 'spots a pass nobody else could see', or 'has a knack at arriving in just the right moment'. These things aren't luck - it's a skill to be able to read the game that well. Pogba is an example of somebody who doesn't have the same capacity to read/understand the game that evolves around him. All the ability in the world, but no real sense of when and where to apply it and where not to. This is why he'll make bad decisions and lose the ball in key areas, but at the same time will produce moments of magic. Sam kind of falls into a similar bracket for me; he has the ability, it's just the decision making, positional sense and things he does that cast the doubt. This is often why he's used so seldom, which Sam will come out? The ridiculous and bad, or the magnificent and good? Often those two Sam's can appear in the same game. For me he could be good value to come off the bench when we are chasing games because he's unpredictable. It's that same unpredictability however that wouldn't have me starting him.

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